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Fort Worth mayor, police chief subpoenaed in case of former cop charged with killing local woman in her home

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 10/18/2020 By Marc Ramirez, The Dallas Morning News
Betsy Price wearing a suit and tie: Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, left, listens to Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus, talks during the Fort Worth Police Department's press conference about the officer involved shooting of Atatiana Jefferson at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex on Monday, October 14, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. © IRWIN THOMPSON/Staff Photographer/Staff photographer/The Dallas Morning News/TNS Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, left, listens to Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus, talks during the Fort Worth Police Department's press conference about the officer involved shooting of Atatiana Jefferson at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex on Monday, October 14, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Both Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Police Chief Ed Kraus have been subpoenaed to appear at a court hearing for the former police officer accused of fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson in her Fort Worth home last year.

Attorneys for former cop Aaron Dean didn’t say why they issued the subpoenas, but both Price and Kraus are named as defense witnesses, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) reported.

The subpoenas were filed online in Tarrant County and order the city officials to appear in court Tuesday morning, the news station said.

Dean and another officer responded to Jefferson’s home on Oct. 12, 2019, after a neighbor called the police non-emergency line to request a wellness check around 2:30 a.m. after noticing the doors were open and the lights were on.

Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when the officers arrived.

Police did not announce their presence at the home, and Dean’s body-cam footage showed him shooting through a window seconds after yelling at Jefferson to put her hands up.

Jefferson’s nephew told officials that his aunt had grabbed a handgun and pointed it toward the window because she heard noises outside.

Dean resigned from the police department Oct. 14 and was arrested on a murder charge later that day.

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